As of 1st October 2008, new government legislation requires ALL rental and sale properties to have a valid EPC (sample PDF) prior to being marketed by the agent. This gives prospective tenants or purchasers an insight into the energy performance and running costs of the dwelling.
The purpose of an EPC is to help reduce our domestic energy consumption by promoting greater awareness of the energy efficiency of our properties. The Energy Saving Trust estimates a saving of £300 per year on fuel bills if the proposals on the EPC are followed.
The certificate records how energy efficient a property is and provides A-G ratings. These are similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
They are produced using standard methods and assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.
An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating. A rating is also given showing what could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.
It is the responsibility of the person selling or renting a building to have a valid EPC to show to prospective buyers and tenants. The EPC must be given to the eventual buyer or tenant
Prior to inspection of the property a there few details that can be helpful to the Assessor
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